Carmen Marsico is an active performer in the New England area. She currently leads her own quintet performing her compositions and jazz standards originally arranged. Her music uniquely blends her Italian tradition with contemporary jazz and Brazilian music. Leading her own quintet in 2003, after graduating from Berklee College of Music with magna cum laude, Carmen recorded her debut CD ‘Sogno’ which has received excellent reviews in jazz magazines such as All About Jazz. Among various different projects, Carmen is one of the leader/singer and arranger of ‘Newpoli’, a Southern Italian folk ensemble with two singers, two percussionists, a guitarist, an accordion player, a bass player, a flutist and a violinist. The nonet’s main goal is to rediscover and bring to attention the traditional folk music from South of Italy such as villanella, pizzica, tarantella and tammuriata. The band’s performances have been heard on WGBH, WBUR, KZSU in the United States, CKUW and CHUO in Canada, and on public radio in Italy. Carmen has also played in such venues as the Berklee Performance Center, Ryles Jazz Club, The Middle East, Amazing Things Arts Center, and The Beehive.
Carmen and her husband Bjorn also perform in the BC Quintet, which they formed to perform their original jazz compositions and creative arrangements of the traditional music of Italy.
In addition to teaching voice lessons at Music Maker Studios, Carmen is also a faculty voice teacher at Nobles and Greenough in Dedham, and at the Community Music Center in Boston.
For more information about Carmen, and to hear examples of her singing and songwriting, go to www.carmenmarsico.com.